Edmonton Humane Society

13620 - 163 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5V 0B2
CEO: Liza Sunley
Board Chair: Jennifer Fisk

Charitable Reg. #:11923 1066 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 65 cents are available for programs.

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About Edmonton Humane Society:

Edmonton Humane Society is a 4-star, financially transparent charity. It has an above average results reporting grade and its overhead spending is just inside Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $11.4m in reserve funds, which can cover two years and three months of annual program costs.

Founded in 1907, Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) protects sick, injured, and homeless animals in Edmonton. EHS has one shelter in Edmonton that includes medical services, a pet shop, and a dog wash station. The charity also educates children and pet owners about caring for animals. EHS focuses on shelter operations, animal medical care and community education and outreach. The charity does not provide a complete breakdown of spending per program.

In F2022, Edmonton Humane Society reports that it admitted 3,625 animals to the shelter. This includes 2,640 animals transferred from other shelters, 664 surrendered by their owners, 162 strays, 35 ancillary intakes (including animals born in care) and 124 other intakes. Edmonton Humane Society adds that 10% of animal surrenders result from financial or pet health-related reasons. The average length of shelter stay was 13 days for a cat and 18 days for a kitten, 28 days for a dog and 15 days for a puppy, 41 days for a rabbit and 9 days for other animals. Edmonton Humane Society states that it used 27,795lb of food for its dogs in care, a quarter of which was donated. Over the course of F2022, 1,428 animals went into foster homes and 175 families fostered animals. The charity adds that it transferred 145 animals out of the shelter. In addition, 301 animals were deceased on arrival, humanely euthanized, died unassisted or are still in care after December 2022. Edmonton Humane Society supports humane euthanasia of animals as a means to relieve animal pain and suffering.

In F2022, Edmonton Humane Society performed 283 specialty surgeries and 1,719 spay/neuter operations. 878 spay/neuter procedures were completed through the PALS program, which assists pet owners that are struggling financially. The goal is to reduce Edmonton’s homeless pet population by avoiding unwanted litters. In addition, the charity microchipped 572 animals.

Edmonton Humane Society aims to build a community that is safe, compassionate and caring to animals. In F2022, the charity answered 2,900 behaviour questions on its Free Help Line. It also reached 2,406 people through humane education and completed visits to 32 classrooms in one week, to share knowledge about animals. Edmonton Humane Society had 835 dogs enrolled in training classes in F2022.

Having noticed an increased need for foster homes, the charity appointed a second Foster Coordinator in F2022 to support foster families and speed up foster volunteer training. Furthermore, Edmonton Humane Society reports an increase in online adoptions in F2022. To accommodate this, the charity modified the adoptions team’s scheduling, adding more adoption and consultation time.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, Edmonton Humane Society found new homes for 3,091 animals and 89 animals were reunited with their owners. This is the most adoptions the charity has had since 2019. Edmonton Humane Society reports a live release rate of 96%. This is the percentage of animals leaving the shelter alive, regardless of their health or behavioural status.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Edmonton Humane Society’s results and impact. 

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).  

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Edmonton Humane Society is financially transparent. Its audited financial statements are publicly available on its website.

Edmonton Humane Society has donations and special events revenue of $4.9m in F2022. Administrative costs are 20% of revenues and fundraising costs are 15% of donations. For every dollar donated, 65 cents are available for programs, which is just inside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

In F2022, EHS has $11.4m in reserve funds. The charity could cover 225% or two years and three months of annual program costs with current reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Edmonton Humane Society for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated August 1, 2023 by Victoria Allder.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 19.6%18.0%14.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.0%13.5%30.3%
Total overhead spending 34.6%31.6%44.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 225.4%277.1%254.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,2431,045960
Goods in kind 1600
Government funding 23883598
Fees for service 2,0311,2361,319
Special events 3,6593,2153,092
Investment income (453)316237
Total revenues 6,5196,6956,205
Program costs 5,0464,4154,702
Administrative costs 1,3671,150844
Fundraising costs 7375761,227
Other costs 9120
Total spending 7,1596,1546,773
Cash flow from operations (640)541(568)
Capital spending 330106104
Funding reserves 11,37312,23511,967

Note: EHS does not report administrative costs in its audited financial statements. As a result, Ci reported program, administrative and fundraising costs from the charity's T3010 CRA filings. Ci adjusted for deferred contributions and deferred capital contributions, affecting revenues by ($624k) in F2022, ($500k) in F2021 and ($502k) in F2020. Ci included unrealized gain (loss) in investment income, affecting revenues by ($564k) in F2022, $181k in F2021 and $129k in F2020. In F2022, Ci included a donated vehicle as goods-in-kind revenue, affecting total revenues by $16k. In F2020, Ci included the government wage subsidy in both government funding and in program and fundraising costs, increasing total revenues and expenses by $598k. Ci backed out amortization pro-rata from program, administrative and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 146

Avg. compensation: $31,255

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2022

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.edmontonhumanesociety.com
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